Securing Supply Chain For Medical Components In Uncertain Times

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It is being ensured that the supply of electronic components is maintained for critical medical services and not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created a major challenge concerning the sourcing of electronic components and resulted in healthcare systems worldwide facing an extreme shortfall of ventilators and their components. Buyers are faced with two challenges: accessing components in the quantities and timescales required, and accessing products with the required certifications to ensure reliability in the healthcare environment.

To minimise such issues, element14 has been doing its bit by procuring the components to fulfil orders and support customers as they produce medical equipment. element14 has also published a ventilator reference design to help design engineers get started. The complexity of a system can differ significantly, but standard elements in a medical ventilator system remain the same.

element14 ensures to stock a wide range of sensors, MCUs, AC-DC Power Supplies, DC-DC Power Supplies, Wireless modules and many more products from some of the widely known electronic product manufacturers such as NXP, STMicroelectronics, ON Semiconductor, Microchip, Renesas and Infineon to support design needs in this critical phase.

“Demand for components for medical devices has surged. In order to secure a supply chain in uncertain times, manufacturers can turn to distributors for assistance. Look for a distributor that has items in stock for faster service, digital capabilities to continue in this disruptive environment, a strong technical support team to help identify alternatives when supply is challenged and great relationships with carriers and suppliers. During COVID-19 element14 worked with suppliers to create some direct-ship options so that stock could be shipped directly to customers from the supplier warehouse, speeding up the supply chain. element14 also worked with suppliers to source additional stock at short notice for specific critical orders on behalf of their customers,” said Vinesh Pulse, National Sales Manager at element14.


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